I had a baby on Monday morning and have had difficulty getting him to latch on. He was 9 days over and we had a difficult birth ending in forceps. He is completely gorgeous and I want to breast feed but we are struggling a bit because he's not taking enough breast into his mouth and is biting down on my nipple and not getting any milk.
Every midwife on the ward plus the breastfeeding co-ordinators had a go at getting him on and on Tuesday I thought we had turned a corner as several times he suckled and I felt it and his cheeks were full etc but then we had the issues with puckered cheeks and he started using his front palate.
Because he was desperately hungry, he got wound up and made himself a little ill so we decided to express (colostrum at this stage as my milk only came today) and feed him with this and top up with formula and this is how we've worked for 24 hours but I want to get back on breastfeeding from the morning (we have just got home from hospital). What can we do to get him to take more breast in and not bite down. What can we do to get him to latch on without coming off and it not being shallow.
I appreciate any advice on this and feeding in general. It is all new to us and we are trying to figure out what to do with this and about demand versus routine feeding.
thanks in advance